Don Howard, Summum, Dies

For Many Years Telephone Operator Of Summum Switch Board

Don Howard, well known Summum resident, died at his home in that village Sunday, following many years of invalidism.

Don Howard, son of Henry and Eliza (Shawgo) Howard was born in Astoria Dec. 24, 1887. Here he grew to manhood, learning and following the trade of meat cutter. On August 4, 1910, he was married to Grace Waggoner, at that time giving up his trade and taking up farming. To this marriage four children were born, Kenneth of Morton, Wanda Lee of Astoria, Pauline and Marshall at home.

While engaged in farming he had the misfortune, while falling a tree, to receive a broken back. At that time everything was done to help him, but all surgical aid and medicine was helpless and Don was forced to spend the remainder of his lie as an invalid, using a wheel chair. But through it all he was cheerful and courageous.

About twenty years ago he moved to Summum, taking over the telephone exchange from Chas. Waggoner. During all these years Don has spent a part of each day at the board. His cheerful voice and efforts to please will be greatly missed. But during all these years it must be remembered that his children and wife did all possible to relieve and aid him in his labors.

For years he has been township treasurer of Woodland and an Argus-Searchlight correspondent.

Brothers and sisters are Charles of Canton, Ross, address unknown, and Mrs. Ed Wilcox of Eola, Ill.

During his last illness he was patient and insisted in waiting upon himself until Sunday morning at 2 o’clock, when he passed away.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Summum Christian church, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Interment in Summum cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 4/14/1937

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